After coming close the past few seasons, making the NCAA Tournament was more than just a goal for the Michigan women’s basketball team this season. It was an expectation. As I write for Excelle Sports, this team should have the résumé to get in and the talent to do some damage.
It was announced last week that the NCAA Tournament selection committee will release the top 16 seeds on February 11, a month before the real bracket is unveiled on Selection Sunday. I do not understand the point or the purpose of this decision, and we’ll probably never know if it has its intended effect.
He came off the bench in Monday’s national championship and scored a career-high 20 points to help Villanova win the title. Phil Booth, a sophomore guard, is a Rising Star to keep an eye on next season.
While we debate whether that was the greatest championship game of all time (it probably was), let’s also ask: Was Villanova’s run through the NCAA Tournament the most impressive of the modern era?
Thank you, basketball gods. We expected a competitive championship, but the semifinal results reminded us that nothing is guaranteed. But Villanova and North Carolina delivered perhaps the best NCAA Tournament championship game of all time. From the big plays to the unsung heroes, I’ve got a full recap of the title game at CBS Local.
While Carolina has proven it can win without shooting well from the outside, it sure would help against a very formidable Villanova opponent tonight. Joel Berry is an outside threat and a willing distributor. Keep an eye on him tonight; he’s my Rising Star.
Who would have thought that the biggest scoring margin of the NCAA Tournament would occur in the Final Four? That’s exactly what happened when Villanova beat Oklahoma by 44. It was a record-setting performance, and the Wildcats will face North Carolina in tonight’s title game. For a recap of Saturday’s games and a mini championship review, check out my latest for CBS Local.